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Monday, February 21, 2011

Cats Can Do Tricks!

---------- Who Says Cats Can't Do Tricks? ----------
Try THIS One!

Posted Fri, Jun 08, 2007, 10:00 am PDT
Have you had friends tell you that cats aren't smart, or can't do tricks? Ha! It's time to put them in their place and show just how talented little Fluffy really is. Here's a simple-to-learn trick that should help show the doubters what's what.

Get a simple embroidery hoop and something to use for motivation, such as treats, some canned food, or a few morsels of dry food. In order for this to work, your cat has to be hungry (not starving), so don't attempt a training session after a big meal.
Hold the embroidery hoop on the ground in front of your cat with one hand. With the other, hold a food-reward just on the other side of the hoop. When I was training my cats, I used a food-reward they found completely irresistible -- canned food. I put a tiny bit on the edge of a spoon. The benefit of the canned food is its delicious aroma. If your cat is on a special diet, use a portion of his prescription food as the reward.
Give your cat a verbal cue. It can be anything, as long as you're consistent. For my cats, I used the word "hoop." Use the cat's name as well when giving a verbal cue.
When your cat walks through the hoop, reward him with a little food.
Once your cat gets the knack of the trick, you can raise the hoop a tiny bit in subsequent sessions so that it eventually becomes a jumping trick.
Always remember to reward your cat afterward. It's also important to keep the training session fun -- so never command him to perform, or reprimand if he doesn't do well.
If you clicker-train your dog, you can use the clicker with your cat as well. When the cat goes through the hoop, click and reward.
Have fun!
From Yahoo Pets (July 10, 2007)

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